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hard hitting... >> today they will be arrested... >> ground breaking... they're firing canisters of gas at us... emmy award winning investigative series... fault lines no refuge: children at the border only on al jazeera america >> record-setting spending plan. the president's new $4 trillion budget. >> i'm calling on congress to get this done. >> republicans say his plan doesn't do enough to cut the debt. weapons to ukraine. as fighting against pro-russian rebels intensifies the u.s. considers a more lethal involvement no. conflict. the fight for freedom. >> if it's right for me to be free then it's right for all of them to be free. >> one day after his older ordeal
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ends, peter greste calls on egypt to release his colleagues. and should parents be able to opt out of the measles innoculation? this is live in new york city i'm tony harris. middle class economics president obama is sending congress a record $4 trillion budget taxes on the wealth, free tuition and sick leave benefits. >> everybody is playing by the same set of rules. the budget that the congress has in its hands is built on those values. >> that is why president obama is pushing for paid sick leave
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and today 43 million workers in the private sector don't get paid if they call in sick. that would change in the president's budget. libby casey has more on the president's wish list. libby. >> tony, the president's blueprint is a clear example of where he wants to go with his priorities. changes where taxes would come from and where exactly spending would go towards. the biggest line item as is standard is defense spending to the tune of nearly half a trillion dollars. sending boosts to education. to pay for everything, the budget calls for increases on tax loopholes and trimming some benefits and the white house says it's time to end austerity measures such as sequestration. the white house wants to see
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paid second leave. that last item tony is a great example of a fight that will happen on capitol hill. this is not by any means an easy win for white house. to get a better sense of americans who are dealing with the fight for sick leave we sat down with a woman in seattle they does a range of jobs to get by security work, salon beauty work and one of the millions of americans who does hope to benefit from paid sick leave. >> she was on her job in 2013 when she suffered an asthma attack. >> i was breathing very heavy and they called the ambulance which they would call a medical emergency. >> she was shocked to find out she would be suspended for three
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days without pay. >> they confiscated my i.d. badge and escorted me out of the building as if i were a fugitive. >> she is now suing because of unsuspension. president obama wants to see the model of paid leave in his annual budget. >> it helps working families, paychecks go further. by treating things like paid sick leave and childcare as the economic priorities that they are. >> reporter: the white house says workers should earn up to seven sick days a year. they could use that time to take care of themselves or a sick family member. and the obama administration wants to expand paid family leave for new parents. but not everyone is on board. >> i think it's best to let business owners decide that for themselves. they know what they can afford.
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>> jack moslem with the national council for small business says small businesses depend on their employees showing up for work. >> if your people aren't there doing work you are losing money because no one is services customers. on top of that the president wants to pay workers who aren't there. it is really a double hardship on businesses. >> many republicans agree and plan to fight the president's proposals. >> i can understand that concept but i cannot perform for you to the fullest -- to the fullest i microphone capabilities if i'm not healthy. >> the fight over paid leave will continue both in the nation's capital and in states across the country considering expanding it on their own. >> here in washington both the
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house and senate has democrats who are teeing up legislation for family leave and paid sick leave. so watch for those to come about in the coming weeks tony. >> okay, libby casey at the white house, thank you. president obama is looking for money to fund the middle class ali velshi is here to tell us. >> the $4 trillion that president obama unveiled today is as much about politics than it is about money. you know what i'm talking about. financial help for the middle class. that is going nowhere in this republican congress but that's part of what's in the president's 2,000 page budget and not all of it is dead on arrival. the cover is a picture of new york tappanzee bridge. president obama proposes
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spending $478 billion to upgrade transportation and infrastructure and i say bravo to that. and one member of the house budget committee said, i can't think of a better place to invest than infrastructure. end quote. here is what's interesting. 268 billion of what the president wants to spend on infrastructure would come from a one one time, 14% tax on the money that u.s. companies have parked in other countries. the president is also proposing a 19% minimum tax on future foreign profits that u.s. companies earn nap would generate an additional $206 billion and that would probably be used to lower corporate tax rates. that's something businesses want and creating more hope that the president's proposals for corporate tax return may be the beginning of a dialogue that democrats can have with republicans. finally tony the president wants to make it harder to do
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something that outrage legislators on both sides of the aisle. a weird name of inversion medt medtronic and burger king. things in here thien tony that may actually work. >> be sure to catch ali at his new time. keystone xl pipeline reviews from the environmental protection agency, a house vote is expected next week. president obama says he will veto the bill if it passes. with the ukraine peace talks now in at that timers, president obama is now considering sending lethal weapons to government forces there. fighting between ukraine and the procrastinates have spiked. at the serie very least the dramatic escalation has
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president obama reviewing his options. jamie mcintyre is live at the pentagon for us. jamie. >> reporter: well tony, the head of the joint chiefs is giving his best opinion of what can help the ukrainians but pouring more arms into the conflict may not bring a political solution any closer. western officials say in recent reenlts russiarecentlythat russia has been moving more arms into ukraine. >> we continue to see support organized and effective support
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to the separatists in terms of heavy equipment and materiel. that has continued virtually unabated. >> defensive weapons like tow missiles. may make a negotiateed peace more difficult to achieve. >> we hope for a negotiated end to the crisis. >> sergey lavrov accused the u.s. of, quote unconditionally supporting ukraine's priorities, military solution to the conflict. pentagon officials say it's
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unlikely just the let of providing better weaponry to the ukrainians would change the position of putin,. >> i'm not wildly optimistic at this point that his orientation changes. partly because the one thing that's been very successful for mr. putin is, his politics. >> now one white house official is quoted today as saying white house believes that tougher sanctions would change the calculus with president putin. both increased military aid and sanctions are being considered by the president but that no decision has yet been made. tony. >> jamie mcintyre, thank you.
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trying to capture the key town of dabalseva. charles stratford reports from donetsk. >> reporter: there has been an increase of shelling both in and out of donetsk. i'm here in a residential area a compound where there are apartments. there is a shell that land he here you can see obviously this car was damaged. i'll just walk you through. we have a playground here obviously a place where parents would bring their children to play explosive artillery mortar, it's difficult to see at this stage. one thing for sure since those peace talks collapsed there's been a lot of rhetoric from both the separatist leader and ukraine. we hear today that alexander zakashenko has called for a
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massive mobilization of recruits, more than 100,000 additional fighters. >> ambassador good to see you again. the president is said to be considering sending lethal weapons to government forces in ukraine. so i'm putting you in the room with the president. what are you saying to him? >> mr. president what we have done up to now has been effective at damaging the russian economy. the economic sanctions that you have put on together with your european colleagues has exacted a heavy price on the russian economy. however, mr. putin continues to send troops and equipment into eastern ukraine. he continues to occupy illegally crimea a part of ukraine so something more needs to be done. two things that need to be done are, additional sanctions broader sanction he, probably on
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the entire financial sector of russia. but also, providing defensive weapons to the ukrainians. the ukrainians are not asking for troops. the ukrainians are asking for the ability to defend themselves and we should do that. >> are you talking about more sanctions, let's take on that portion of the recommendations you'd have for the president. are you talking about unilateral sanctions or stronger are eu sanctions? >> of course sanction he are working best when they are multilateral. when the united states and the europeans have put on sanctions as we have on the russians they have worked. and so it is best clearly to do them about conjunction with our european colleagues, allies. but if it's difficult for the europeans to take additional steps then we should act on our own, because that will indicate resolve. >> so the leader of rebel forces says his side is instituting
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essentially a draft right looking to call up thousands of men from rebel-held territories. is that because list side is losing on the offensive or locked in a bit of a stalemate here? what is the state of the battlefield at this point? >> said battlefield is that the separatists have been getting many more pieces of equipment and many more troops from russia. the eastern part of ukraine where the separatists are in control, controls the border between russia and that part of ukraine and thus, there is no constraint on the russians sending their troops, equipment weapons, military assistance, across the border into ukraine. so they are moving forward on several fronts. both in the donetsk area and also down in the south towards mariupul in the direction of crimea. that's what's going on now and
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what you're probably seeing is a suggestion that additional troops are going to be coming. additional russian troops are going to be coming. that is what he would like to see. that's what the separatist would like to see in terms of a change in the battlefield. >> that's getting to my next question what next russia will do here. the talks in minsk collapsed secretary of state john kerry is scheduled to visit kiev on thursday. there are any diplomatic steps left at this point? >> there are. it will take the russians to recognize that in the long term or medium term they are going to lose this battle. the russians are not in a good position in this battle, they have the static cal tactical strong side. but if we put on broader
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sanction he on the russians then i believe that the russians would be able to recognize that some diplomatic resolution is in their interest. >> william taylor former ambassador for ukraine, thank you for your time. in egypt death sentences have been handed down. 183 men were charged with killing police officers during a government crack down two years ago. egypt designated the muslim brotherhood a terrorist organization back in 2013. it has been arresting members ever since. the country's first democratically elected president mohamed morsi belonged to that jazeera journalist peter greste spent 400 days in an egyptian prison. this evening he is a free man in cypress a day after being released from jail. but two of our colleagues, he
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baher mohamed and mohamed fahmy are still being held. paul beban is here. paul. >> after anxiety and anguish peter said this came as a total surprise. he was in the middle of his daily run around the prison courtyard when a guard said, it's time to pack your stuff. it was a moment more than 400 days in the making. >> i can't tell you how relieved i am to being free. i didn't expect anything other than settling in for a period of months for the retrial. to be out today with just a few minutes' notice really is just extraordinary. >> reporter: on december 29th 2013, three al jazeera journalists were arrested in cairo. peter greste mohamed fahmy and baher mohamed were arrested and
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imprisoned in the aftermath of a military coup. from the beginning, al jazeera rejected the allegations and demanded the men' men's release. within a few weeks the hashed greejhashtagare #freeajstaff had gone viral around the world. the evidence of the three men included a video of sheep herding from peter greste, and things that had nothing to do with the proses accusation at all. erupted at the guilty verdict. >> i don't know how the judge came to that decision. >> greste, an australian and fahmy were given a sentence of
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seven years. mohamed was given a ten year sentence. >> it still remains in my memory as an awful awful nightmare. >> leaders including president obama denounced the verdict. >> we have agreed both publicly and privately that they should be released. >> but the egyptian government stood behind the verdict saying the decision had not been political and the appeals process would determine what happened next. but even the egyptian president said he would have preferred them to be deported and the image of them in metal cages hurt their standing in the world. just last month the appeals court ordered them retried but kept in prison. that ended this weekend when the
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egyptians freed peter greste. >> i feel great angst leaving my colleagues behind. i know there's mohamed fahmy and baher mohamed. amidst all of this i feel a real sense of worry. if it's appropriate for me, if it's right for me to be free then it's right for all of them to be free. >> mohamed fahmy holds egyptian and canadian citizenships. earlier today canada's foreign minister says fahmy's release is imminent. baher mohamed holds no dual nationality and missed the birth of his son in august. >> let's hope they both get out. we will hear more from peter greste coming up later in this news hour. the obama administration has called for the release of the
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three al jazeera journalists. richard stengel told us,. >> we should argue that nub of these men should be held in prison for their job journalism is not a crime and essential to a democratic and free society. >> more from richard stengel in the next hour. now the parents of the 43 mexican students are taking their case to the united nations. tens of thousands of parents say their children are exempt from getting measles shots. asles shots. at the most important issues out there to get you the answers you deserve. >> "real money with ali velshi" at its new time. 10:30 eastern. >> we're just doing it a little later every night.
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>> the parents of some of the mexican students who disappeared last fall are in switzerland today talking to a u.n. panel hoping to get an in depth investigation into what happened to their loved ones. barnaby phillips reports from geneva. >> united in silence for the mexican students in igwala.
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most importantly some of the parents of the students like ga srvegpargaspar who inclination to the hope that his son is still alive. >> yes, really we do, we believe that our children are still alive and that's why we carry on fighting. the government has not said to us: here are your children, here are their remains. and that's why we continue to believe they are still alive. >> in mexico the protests are driven by anger and disgust that the scale of police and government corruption, and the degree of conclusion with criminal gangs. the u.n. committee will bring recommendations that may push or shame the mexican government into improving its hux rights record but -- human rights records but the parents have come all this way for specific
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answers to the questions about the whereabouts of their loved ones but they are likely to be disappointed. the legal reforms in mex mexico, whethermexicowhether they have making progress. and what happened in igwala whether it was an aberration. >> it is one of the isolated events. tremendously dramatic and a huge tragedy that you cannot measure. but it's not a trend. it's not part of the culture anymore and that's the main change. >> reporter: but that is no consolation to the parents from igwala who have col all this come all this way. as time passes it seems less likely that they will ever see their children again. >> .com
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>> dominic strauss kahn denies allegation he,s, coming up in power politics, new jersey governor chris christie, injecting himself into the controversy over vaccinations. plus. >> i still feel a sense of concern a real sense of worry. >> we will hear more from peter greste, our colleague who was just released from an egyptian prison.
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>> they are the comments we have waited 400 days to hear. this evening we are hearing from one of our al jazeera colleagues released after more than a year in prison. peter greste left an egyptian jail on sunday. he had been waiting retrial on
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spreading false news and aiding the muslim brotherhood charges al jazeera strongly denies. peter is now in cypress talking with stefanie dekker about his ordeal and that of his two colleagues. >> i can't tell you how relieved i am of being free. i really didn't expect we were settling in for a period of months behind prison for retrial and to be out now today with just a few minutes' notice, really is just extraordinary. but i also feel incredible angst about my colleagues, leaving them behind. and i -- you know i know that there is mohamed fahmy and baher mohamed. and the seven other people that were convicted along with -- alongside us in absentia who are serving prison sentences. so amidst all of this relief i still feel a sense of concern a real sense of worry because if it's appropriate for me, if it's right for me to be free, then
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it's right for all of them to be free. and for those who are convicted in absentia, to be free of those convictions. >> wanted to ask you about that yesterday the process for you personally how the day evolved and also how it felt for you for example what was the last thing you said to your colleagues? how did the day play out? what is it something you expected and how did the day play out for you? >> no, it wasn't expected at all. i woke up very much thinking about the campaign that lay ahead of us, thinking that we would have to spend an extended stretch in prison. i went for a run and the prison war den called me over and said time to get your stuff. it's time to go. and i said go where to another prison? he said no the embassy is coming for new an hour, get your stuff
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together and go. also real stress at having to say good-bye to my colleagues and friends people who have really become family inside that prison. you spend 400 days in such close proximity with people and you really get to know them very very well. so it was a very difficult moment walking out of that prison saying good-bye to those guys not knowing how much longer they will have to put up with this. and then the ride to the airport was a sense of really wondering of if it all really was going to come to an end because we've had an awful lot of false starts, an awful lot of false alarms, having it snatched away. i didn't want to believe that it was happening until i got my back side on the seat on the plane with my brother mike and
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we knew then that for me at least this is over. >> wanted to ask you also about what it's like living in such contained, confined extremely difficult conditions with colleagues, your friends and also how you in your mind get through every day and keep going. >> you know, you don't spend 400 days in a box with someone without getting to know them very intimately, indeed. and over that period i've gotten to know and in fact accept baher and fahmy as my brothers. they are family, couldn't be any other way. fahmy is an extraordinary professional, very dedicated journalist and a very passionate strong willed character. baher is one of the most amazing family men i've ever met and in fact if anyone has suffered out of all of this it is baher because he has a wife and three children one of whom was born
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while he was in prison. it was incredibly tough for him as someone so devoted to his family to have to be where he is knowing that he's innocent, knowing that this is a huge mistake. and only being able to see them on very occasional family visits. and also, knowing now that he's going to have to spend an indeterminate period behind bars. >> and joining me now from dallas is shar aziz sahar aziz. do you expect peter's case to ultimately be dismissed? >> his case will most likely be
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dismissed. egypt has no parliament at the moment and it was specifically tailored for peter and possibly mohamed fahmy and other foreigners who are in egyptian prisons through the criminal adjustmentsjustice system. the ream question is what's going to happen with baher mohamed. egypt, he's likely to be retried pursuant to the court of castation order and hopefully he will get a free trial that will acquit him because clearly the evidence is irrelevant and baseless. >> help me understand what's going on with egypt's legal system right now. it has very little credibility mass death sentences for supporters of form he president mohamed morsi and the muslim brotherhood and no support for
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protesters in august of 2003. what is going on with the legal system in egypt right now? >> well, tragically the judiciary has been politicized. egypt's judiciary has been long independent and an exemplar in the region. but prior to the politicization of the judiciary so they are pressuring certain judges to give certain rulings and they are also penalizing judges who don't give the rulings they want. and so there is a fracturing in the judiciary and there needs to be some serious reforms. >> so was it political pressure that led to the former president hosne mu bark mubarak being cleared and another politician acquitted.
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>> particularly mubarak's case was dead on arrival. the prosecutor who charged him was one that mubarak appointed. from the beginning he didn't do a real investigation so there was no way that even an independent judge could have found sufficient evidence against mubarak because the prosecutor jeopardized the case. >> what's the point here? we've got these mass death sentences. are they being used to silence all dissent inside the country? >> oh, absolutely. the sisi regime right now the is adopting a no-tolerance policy which is worse than mubarak. he is telling everyone that the stakes are very high. you will be detained at best and tortured at worst. the only reason mohamed and baher will be free is they have foreign governments putting pressure behind the scenes. >> so really it sounds as though
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this release of peter greste is purely an attempt by the al-sisi government to save face with the international community. am i going too far in suggesting this? >> well, sisi himself said this was a case that was a headache and a thorn in his side. and they were arrested before ii.s. was in power. he certainly wanted to get rid of it, he was able to get concessions out ever qatar and there were a lot of things he wanted and he got. >> saharar aziz sahar great to talk to you again. >> thank you. >> committee to protect journalists, there are still 221 journalists in jail around the world. 30 are in prison in iran. one of them is a correspondent for the washington post. roxana saberi is here on that
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story. >> tony, iranian judge known for imposing harsh sentences. they call this news very disturbing. for more than six months jason rezeon has been locked up in solitary confinement in iran answer evan prison. >> they don't have any evidence against him. they have charged him but don't know what those charges are. >> he and his life will be judged by a hard line judge which handles political and national security cases. there he has earned a reputation of sentencing prisoners to lashing and other penalties. he sentenced josh fattal and shane bower on charges of espionage. they were released on bail later that year.
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rezeon's family is worried. has nothing to do with he or his wife's actual action he, distracting from proaives they maymotives theymay have. they have criticized his government as it holds talks with the u.s. and five other countries over iran's nuclear program. rezeon's case is complicated because he is both american and iranian. used him as subject to iranian law. >> we do not recognize dual citizenship. under our law something like dual citizenship is not accepted to this day. >> reporter: his relatives say despite his reputation the judge will see that the 38-year-old journalist has done nothing wrong. >> they would look at it say based on pure logic that they would let him go. jason loves iran has said great
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things about it always and has done nothing to hurt the country. >> the judge has been sanctioned by the european union for what it calls grave human rights violations. and jason has had many health problems while in prison. including multiple infections. >> roxana, thank you. dozens gathered at the japanese embassy showing respect to kenji goto, tweeted hate is not for humans, judgment lies with god. goto added: that's what i learned from my arabic brothers and sisters. the tweet has been resent 2200
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times. japanese prime minister shinzo abe, jordan says it remains committed to helping the u.s. led coalition. the state department has warned u.s. citizens to avoid traveling to part of nigeria. car bomb exploded minutes after president goodluck jonathan left that event. yvonne ndege has the story. >> a source in maiduguri says, the situation is now calm. but when you go to the main bus terminal it's difficult to get transport. thousands are fleeing maiduguri for fear of more attacks by boko haram. authorities are trying to secure the area and bring back a sense of normalcy. our source does say in some areas people are trying to
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resume normal life. some businesses were open, our source witnesses some children even going to school. but overall there is a tense situation. and in a separate development we know that president goodluck jonathan as a consequence of that violent in maid griz has decided to suspend election campaigning in that region. he was due to visit the neighboring states of yobe and decided not to go because of the violence and the fear that he wouldn't be secure. having said that there are also other presidential candidates that are looking at the security situation and some of them are changing their campaign time tables. >> jonathan is facing a former military dictator mohamed dubahari in the election. nigeria is a key u.s. ally, africa's most populace country and a key oil producer.
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on strike today leading to one refinery being shut down. members of the eunt steel united steel workers are demanding safer working conditions. california is the epicenter of the current measles outbreak. more than 100 people in 14 states have now been sickened. the outbreak is putting a spotlight on parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. many say they will not do it for religious reasons. jonathan betz is here. jonathan, the number of states allowing this has certainly changed in the last decades. >> it really has tony. in the last decades nearly every state has required vaccinations but 19 states let parents skip vaccinating their
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children simply because they don't want to. they don't need a firm medical reason. other states allow parents to opt out for religious reasons west virginia and mississippi have the strictest laws in the country. children there can only avoid vaccinations for valued medical reasons that's it. now the new law should be tight.ed across the country. they are safe but also necessary. >> wait a minute jonathan. how many children are not getting vaccinations because of these exemptions? >> it is a growing number. more than 98% of children are getting shots but the number not getting them has been inclining. nearly 72,000 kindergarteners were not vaccinated for measles for various reasons. since then the number is creeping up. 91,000 kids today are not vaccinated. this anti-vaccine movement has
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been growing especially in wealthy educated areas. a lot of parents simply do not trust these vaccines. some underestimate the danger of the measles. it was considered eliminated back in the year 2000 in the u.s. but appears that the virus is making a come back. could be deadly killing one or two of every 1,000 who catch it. >> jonathan betz thank you. in today's power politics the measles outbreak has one possible republican presidential candidate making clear his stance on vaccinations or is he. david schuster joins us with more. david. >> new jersey governor chris christie is engaged in damage control. at the beginning of his british tour christ has expressed sympathy about autism fears in the past and he said, quote we vaccinate our kids and so you know that's the best expression
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of i can give you of my opinion. i do believe americans have to have a measure of choice in things as well. most of the medical profession says there's no connection with vaccination and autism, furthermore christ's feels about choice seems to crick his feelings -- last year, during the ebola crisis. he ordered christine hickox. >> what she needs to do is to understand is that the obligation of elected officials is to protect the health of all people and if that inconvenienced her for a short period of time that's what we have to continue to do. >> to be clear the governor believes vaccines are an important public health protection and with measles
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there are no questions kids should be vaccinate end. kentucky senator rand paul, this presidential could be tender who is also a doctor told a conservative commentator that kids should be able to make their own decisions. >> i think that's a good idea to take the vaccine it's a personal decision for individuals when they take it. >> that comment was posted by the democratic national committee. dracts see an opportunity on this issue. historically though, republicans and democrats have been in agreement on policy. pew center polls 70% of republicans, equal number 71% of democrats felt that vaccines against childhood diseases should be required. a lot of activists are now talking about wisconsin governor scott walker, the likely 2016
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presidential candidate gave a widely praised speech to a crowd in iowa. >> we weren't afraid to go big and bold not only for my sons but for their generation and countless generations to be born we're going down the better path and i think people like the direction they're headed. that's maybe why i won the race for governor three times in the last four years. >> while trying to boost his image, he might take a lot of people by surprise what a strong speaker he ask. ready for hilary, the pac formed to encourage hillary clinton $9 million in 2014, she said she will make a decision by this spring.
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sarah palin is getting a life line of sorts. last week palin's teleprompter appeared to fail during that iowa freedom summit, she tried to ad-lib her speech and this was the outcome. >> and gop leaders by the way you know, the man can only ride yah when your back is bent. so strengthen it then the man can't ride you americans won't be taken for a ride because so much is at stake. >> arizona senator john mccain who named her as his running mate. came to her defense. >> if she didn't give a good speech she's not the first politician who didn't give a good speech from time to time including me. >> john mccain loyal to his core and tony, that's today's power politics. >> good to have you back.
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was it police misconduct? others on the force dispute his version of events. the groundhog says six more weeks of winter. right. can spring come soon enough, more traffic problems after another powerful winter storm. storm. >> migrent kids flooding into the u.s. >> we're gonna go and see josue who's just been deported... >> why are so many children fleeing? >> your children will be a part of my group or killed... >> fault lines al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> today they will be arrested... >> ground breaking... they're firing canisters of gas at us... emmy award winning investigative series... fault lines no refuge: children at the border only on al jazeera america
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>> new details in a fatal police shooting in virginia. the officer involved said he shot 46-year-old john goodyear because hegeerbecause he thought he had a weapon. lisa stark has the story. lisa, this is the first information we've had about the august 2013 shooting. >> absolutely. it happened a long time ago and people have been waiting and
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waiting for these documents. this was a domestic dispute. police were called to the home of john geer. suddenly a shot rang out one officer shot him in the abdomen. police tell investigators according to the documents we have seen today they were shocked when they heard this weapon going off. they were shocked. his hands were still above shoulder height. officer adam torres thought he was going for his waistband and maybe there was a weapon there. in this case all of the other officers who were there another four officers at least have indicated they saw no such thing and were very surprised when geer was shot. tony. >> you sat down with the family.
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what did they tell you? >> i spoke with john geer's father, and they have been fighting for these documents had to go to court to get these documents released. i asked him about how he felt fors about them finally being out? >> hell, that's it. i mean it's been 17 months and million nights of you know just laying awake in bed thinking about different aspects of the whole thing and wondering whether we're ever going to see a solution. and see the end of it. >> reporter: and he still wonders whether there will be any resolution to this. the family has a civil suit but as far as criminal charges against the officer, that is up to the prosecution and they have been investigating for over one year and the family is still
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waiting. >> lisa stark, thank you. major disruptions another snow storm were caused travel disruptions. about a thousand rush hour commuters spent up wards of hours stuck on a subway train the tracks froze an the train lost power. dozens of commuters were involved in the tristate toll way, luckily there were no serious injuries. the largest storm to hit chicago. diane eastabrook went out herself. >> reporter: the city of chicago is digging out from the worst storm in history. mother nature dumped 19 inches of snow on the city yesterday.
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these sides streets are really snow packed and hazardous and people are left to dig themselves out. >> i'm from chicago lifed here all my -- lived here all my life and it is what it is. >> caused major headaches for folks in chicago. cook county jail was on lock downed today because many of the workers there couldn't make it into work. also headaches on some of the major interstates on i-284 there was black ice. a number of vehicles got involved in a 50-car pileup which happened when some semis jackknifed. hundreds of flights cancelled at o'hare airport. and back to normal just in time for another snow storm to hit. >> logan airport boston where the super bowl champs are
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arriving. super bowl, 49. i have to say it, the new england patriots are arriving after their 28-24 win. we'll see you here tomorrow. john siegenthaler is next.
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